Best Friends Animal Society


Rating: 4.9

Average rating from 26 reviews.

(4.9 out of 5, based on 26 reviews)

5001 Angel Canyon RoadKanab, Ut 84741
(435) 644-2001

709 miles away
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A better world through kindness to animals

For more than two decades, Best Friends Animal Society has been dedicated to the simple philosophy that kindness to animals builds a better world for all of us.

The sanctuary at Angel Canyon, at the heart of the Golden Circle of national parks in southern Utah, is home on any given day to about 2,000 dogs, cats, and other animals, who come from shelters and rescue groups around the country for the special care they can only receive at Best Friends. The sanctuary is also a destination for 30,000 visitors and volunteers each year.

History: In the late 1980s, when Best Friends was in its early days, roughly 17 million dogs and cats were being killed in shelters every year, and the conventional belief was that little could be done to lower that number.

In the early 1990s, Best Friends' No More Homeless Pets campaign began as a grassroots effort to place dogs and cats who were considered "unadoptable" into good homes, and to reduce the number of unwanted pets through spay/neuter programs. Since then, the number of dogs and cats being destroyed in shelters has fallen to less than five million a year. There has been much progress, but there is still much more to do.

At the sanctuary: Most of the animals who find a safe home at Best Friends have special physical or behavioral needs, and our expert staff of veterinarians, trainers and caregivers offer them all the help they require. Most of them are ready to go to good new homes after just a few weeks of special care. Others, who are older or sicker, or who have suffered extra trauma, find a home and haven at the sanctuary, and are given loving care for the rest of their lives.

Around the country: Best Friends works with our members -- and with humane groups, individuals and entire communities -- to set up spay/neuter, shelter, foster and adoption programs in neighborhoods, cities, and states around the country.

Through the online Best Friends Network, the society reaches across the nation and around the world, helping local communities to rescue animals in distress and to create their own No More Homeless Pets programs.

Animal rescue and disaster response: At home and abroad, Best Friends has led some of the largest animal rescue efforts in recent history. These rescues include natural disasters like Hurricane Katrina, wartime situations, and animal hoarding or failed shelter situations where hundreds of dogs and cats need urgent and continuing care for many months before they can be placed in good new homes. With its sanctuary and rescue experience, Best Friends is the only organization in the country capable of mounting such major rescue efforts.

Public education: Best Friends offers workshops, internships, training programs and conferences to help people set up and manage their own shelter, rescue, adoption and spay/neuter programs. Best Friends magazine also has the largest readership of any general-interest animal publication in the U.S.

Support: The work of Best Friends is supported entirely by the donations of our members. Through the generous hearts and hands of people like you, we can ensure that animals who come into the care of Best Friends will never again be alone, hungry, sick, afraid or in pain. We invite you to join us in helping to bring about the time when there will be no more homeless pets.

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Reader's Reviews (26)
Rating: 5

Amazing organization

posted 6 years ago

I have heard so many great things about Best Friends. They help many different types of animals from dogs and cats to rabbits and small pets to horses and the list goes on and on. They not only help animals at their sanctuary in Utah, but help other shelters throughout the county. They have been there during natural disasters, like fires and hurricanes, and rehabilitated many of Michael Vick's dogs, just to give a couple examples of the great work they do. I have sponsored several animals there and highly recommend visiting if you are ever in that part of the country.

Pros: help so many animals

Cons: none

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Heather E.
Rating: 5

This place is in my will

posted 6 years ago

My husband and I went here while on a trip to Vegas. It is amazing. We believed so much in their mission that we added them to our will!

Pros: They do so much for the animals

Cons: none

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